It was a busy day at San Diego Unified’s Kimbrough Elementary: a new
library makeover was unveiled, a best-selling children’s author read to
the school, and a new family nutrition program was launched that will
provide more than 20 lbs. of food per month for every Kimbrough family.
It was all courtesy of the Target store chain, which provided an
estimated 250 red-shirted volunteers to make the day a success. Among
the Target representatives was Gregg Steinhafel , Chief Executive
Officer of the Minneapolis-based company.
“They made our library fabulous,” said Kimbrough Principal Flavia Soria.
“The children are so excited about going to the library now. They’re
going to look forward to it. And so will our families. So many of them
are without cars. This IS their library. I know our families are going
to use it.”
Soria led a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring San Diego Unified
School District Superintendent Bill Kowba and state senator Juan
Vargas, each of whom exhorted students at the ceremony to take full
advantage of the new, 2,000-book collection.
In addition to dedicating the new library, the school’s 600-plus
students were visited by renowned children’s author Laura Numeroff,
author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Dog a Donut.
The food program will allow families to pick the food they want, every
month, and will feature an emphasis on healthy foods, said Soria, who is
proud of her school’s efforts to help children and families.
She pointed out that Kimbrough has improved its Academic Performance
Index by 77 points in the last two years, exiting No Child Left Behind’s
Program Improvement status. “I know we have smart kids here,” she said.
“Now we’re going to keep them reading even more, and make them even